What’s the No. 1 thing employees crave from their employers during the summer?
Answer: “Summer Fridays” — the ability to leave early on certain days.
The majority (60%) of the 1,000 workers polled recently by Opinion Research Corporation said that’s what they want from their employers come summertime.
Coming in second: 53% said they’d like extra vacation time.
Rounding out the top three (and this one won’t cost you a dime): 42% said they want the ability to dress down.
Where to draw the line
Of course, the problem with casual dress codes is: Where do you draw the line?
Employees say the line should be drawn at flip flops, mini-skirts and strapless tops and/or dresses.
Those wears where the three deemed the most inappropriate for the work place by 71%, 70% and 66% of those surveyed, respectively.
More active in the summer
Some good news for your health and wellness plans: The survey, which was conducted on behalf of Adecco Staffing US, a recruiting and staffing company, also revealed that employees are paying more attention to their health and fitness in the summer.
- 57% said they’ve taken walks on their lunch break
- 49% said they go to the gym before or after work during the summer
- 36% have incorporated exercise in their commute
- 25% played in at least one summer sports league, and
- 21% have participated in one employer-sponsored fitness class.